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The most ridiculous moment of FAMILY MATTERS
This thread has been more consistantly funny then that show ever was.

My most unrealistic moment was when the gang destroyed Rachael's Place and they miraculously opened it back up in a week looking better then ever while Steve Urkel infiltrated the gang and got the leader and his muscle arrested.
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Just watched the episode where they shrink themselves. The neighborhood cat attacks them and they hide in a pringles can, and for some reason they use a crappy looking puppet cat for a brief shot when it swats at the can and makes is roll to the edge. How hard is it to get the real cat to swat at something? They get a match and light it and wave it back and forth. The sound effect of a cat hissing plays over the image of the cat just staring at them as calm as distilled water, he then turns and runs off and the audience cheers. They also cheered when Carl and Urkel dodged a rolling melon that resembles a boulder.
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Originally Posted by Detonathor

Another Step by Step moment that I caught on TV while at work: The parents and a boyfriend come to rescue the daughter from a bar full with gang members that she apparently snuck into. An epic fight ensues between the heroes and the vigilantes. I swear it looked like something out of ROAD HOUSE.

When I was a kid, I was pretty sure this was the most badass thing I'd ever seen. But I come from the TMNT/3 Ninjas/Surf Ninjas generation, otherwise known as The Greatest Generation. TGIF and Disney Afternoon were the shit, but when they found a way to shoehorn dudes kicking dudes through windows into the proceedings...everything went to 11.

I stopped reading the thread the second I saw the referenced post, so I'm sure several people typed the exact same thing I did in response. I don't mean they shared the same opinion. I mean they probably typed that word for word. I'm no longer surprised when I meet someone my age (24) that has the same awful pop culture touchstones, TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, TGIF, and Disney Afternoon.

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Originally Posted by Frank The Tank

This thread has been more consistantly funny then that show ever was.

My most unrealistic moment was when the gang destroyed Rachael's Place and they miraculously opened it back up in a week looking better then ever while Steve Urkel infiltrated the gang and got the leader and his muscle arrested.

Didn't Eddie get his ass kicked in this episode? He came back with his clothes ripped etc. It's up there with that Fresh Prince episode where Will Smith's dad comes back, then leaves. Will gives this huge speech about how he's going to have a great life (I cried) then they cut to a statue symbolizing a father taking care of his son. Who said sitcoms couldn't be dramatic?
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Originally Posted by Sean Bateman

TMNT 2: The Arcade Game

To this day, can't get past the sewer level.
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One of the funnier threads I've seen. This show really did go some weird places. The question is: did this show jump the shark when the weirdness took over or was that the time it got good?
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Surf Ninjas...Patu San for life bateman...Patu San for life

Ernie Reyes Jr. RIP
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For a show that went some pretty strange places, it was still as bland as mayonaise. How did that happen? Can we agree that of all the TV and movie universes, the Miller/Boyette-verse is the blandest of them all?
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Yeah, as Flaparoo mentioned earlier, the most hilarious part is how they treated these completely batshit insane concepts like any other premise and milked the same kind of lame jokes from each.

This show was never as bland as Step by Step though. Step by Step is the worst shit ever.
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Full House was worse. I mean Jesse, whose supposed to be the rebel, wants to join The Beach Boys?
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I also want to mention that just about every shit sitcom that aired since the 70's was probably produced by Miller Boyette Productions. The ONLY shows that they produced where they were good for a while were Happy Days and Perfect Strangers (although I saw this as a kid and haven't seen it since so it might have aged badly). Some of their "gems"

Full House
Family Matters
Step by Step
Hangin' with Mr Cooper
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How come Urkel didn't use a robot or clone to defeat those racists that once desecrated Laura's locker?

Surely if he can turn himself and two seven year olds in Bruce Lee and fight off Chicago's toughest gang, he could've dealt with some racists in a high school?

Or maybe racism really is that powerful.
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I had no idea this show was so bizarre.
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Originally Posted by Fazer

Ernie Reyes Jr. RIP

Wait, what? I realize this is a late question, but did he die?
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He's still alive accroding to Wikipedia and IMDB. And here's a pic of him as of late:



Here it appears he's doing his asian version of Tony Blundetto.
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bump
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Has anyone mentioned the series finale where Steve travels through space?
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Or that his unseen parents die on the russian space station.
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Meanwhile, while on meter duty, Eddie finds himself in the middle of a shootout.

This is the opening scene of DIE HARD 5: SAVE THE PENSION. it's just gotta be.
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Originally Posted by Paul McCartney
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The wacky Cody (KICKBOXER 3's very own Sasha Mitchell) teaches the nerd son (BEETHOVEN's very own Christopher Castile) that kickboxing is not the way to solve all your problems, and that violence solves nothing. Then the nerd son's bullying kickboxing coach taunts and goads Cody for being a wimp. Cody then violently kickboxes the bullying coach. IN THE VERY SAME SCENE WHERE HE TOLD THE NERD NOT TO KICKBOX.

My favorite Step by Step moment occurred when nerd son is caught watching porn videos in the garage, who is caught when his ingenious plan of hiding the porn in a Little Mermaid box is uncovered. Suzanne Summers summons Bobby Ewing to give nerd son a heart-felt speech complete with touching Miller/Boyett scoring.

edit: In case you were interested in reading nerd son's memoirs...

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The Steve robot attempting to basically rape Laura was the big WTF moment for me.

I fucking LOVEd this show as a kid, though. Watched every week without fail.
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That Christopher Castile autobiography looks like a Scholastic dream! I should order a copy. I would very much like to learn the behind-the-scenes shenanigans that surely took place on the set of BEETHOVEN during the scene where he strips off and "muscles up" in the mirror.
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For me, Family Matters' most ridiculous moment is one that all TGIF shows shared- the obligatory "family visits Disney World" episode. Its basically a half hour commercial for Disneyworld! Embarrassing!

A close second is when someone spray painted "nigger" on Laura's locker at school. Racism hits home!
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I'm ashamed at how many of these episodes I remember.

I'm also ashamed that I now have the Full House theme song in my head.

But this thread is golden.
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ernie reyes jr was "cemetary warrior" in Crystal Skull! thank you, thread, for pointing me in the right direction.
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4 pages and no one has mentioned Boy Meets World? Topanga was one of my first crushes.
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Well, Boy Meets World doesn't really fit, since it mostly eschewed the wacky hijinks of Family Matters, and unlike Step by Step, was actually well written for the most part.

But yeah, I've noticed Topanga was kind of every guy my age's first crush. And who didn't wish they had a Mr. Feeny growing up?
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I remember how HUGE of a deal it was when they finally cut Topanga's hair. All my friends were talking about it in school.
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Oh wow, for all this mention of the Step by Step kid also being on Beethoven, I just now realized he wasn't in Amadeus but in the dog movie.
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Originally Posted by Greg Clark
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But yeah, I've noticed Topanga was kind of every guy my age's first crush.

I was more of a Six from Blossom kinda guy.
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Originally Posted by Hans Gruber's EYE CONDITION!
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For me, Family Matters' most ridiculous moment is one that all TGIF shows shared- the obligatory "family visits Disney World" episode. Its basically a half hour commercial for Disneyworld! Embarrassing!

I had my grandparents tape part 2 of that episode when I went off to some camp. I had to see whether Laura would marry Stefan, the wacky conclusion to Eddie's and Waldo's inability to find Orlando, and whether Carl was actually going to move the Winslow clan to Disney World!

It's funny how the TGIF Disney World episodes seem to always gleam over the morbidly obese, lower middle-class families from Iowa or the chain smoking Euro trash tourists.
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I remember one episode of PERFECT STRANGERS where Balki and Larry were framed for murder and on the run. This was darker territory than PERFECT STRANGERS usually tackles, and I was gripped. Not joking; to a stupid 6-year-old kid, this was something big.

And then my mother FORCED me to have a bath during part 2/the resolution. I screamed and cried and threw the biggest tantrum of maybe my entire life, but it cut no ice with my mother. To this day I don't know if Balki and Larry beat the rap or caught the true murderer.
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The drunken Urkle dance; the Urkle Max Headroom nuke of Chicago; Urkle using his jetpack to fly to Step by Step, and teach the Urkle dance; the orginal Stefan Urkelle transformation; Urkle's cousin Myrtle, not cute kid version but lanky whatchamacallit; American Gladiators; the various versions of Carl's stepdad Lester; the continuing disitegrating mind of Myra; the continuing turndowns of Myra over to Laura; and the shootout episode with the PSA afterwards 'Squash It!'

This show was the definition of manic, one moment the whole group is singing "we are family" in walks Urkle getting bit by a dog then the world is turned inside out and upside down
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Here's the clip of Urkelbot trying to rape Laura. Why did they put a crack in its ass? I believe in a sequel episode Urkelbot became a cop in which they ripped off the convenience store scene from Robocop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-TZVMnVUIk
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...And i'm officially 11 again. Thanks everyone


Oh, and the sexiest kids show chick is still and will always be, Amy Jo Johnston from Power Rangers.
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Didn't Step by Step have an appearance by a real-life Beavis & Butthead trying to date the daughters. As I recall, Patrick Duffy was not amused.
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